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Why Sayre

Sayre’s academic program spans three divisions from preschool through twelfth grade, with many of each year’s graduates having attended the school for twelve or more years. The academic program is rich in content and comprehensive in skill development, unfolding incrementally as it crosses grade levels.

Our Fundamental Goals

  • Educate students to be independent thinkers
  • Graduate with intellectual and emotional preparation
  • Pursue educational and personal goals with confidence and integrity
  • Be an academic program focused on 21st century skills including collaboration, critical thinking and creativity 
  • Students develop ability to read closely, communicate clearly both verbally and in writing, and problem solve adeptly
  • Provide students an opportunity to participate through experiential learning opportunities and community service within the local community
  • Share with students a global perspective that transcends its regional boundaries


Best of Lex medallion

In 2024, Sayre School earned top honors in Smiley Pete Publishing's Best of Lex poll, winning "Best Middle School" and "Best Upper School" in Lexington. Our Lower School was also recognized for outstanding preschool and elementary programs. 

Reader's choice awards like these hold significant weight because they reflect the genuine experiences and opinions of the local community. This recognition validates our commitment to academic excellence, fostering a love of learning through project-based exploration and individualized attention across all grade levels.


  • Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)


  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

  • Kentucky Association of Independent Schools (KAIS)

  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)

  • Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB)

  • Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE).

The school is fully sanctioned by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA).

Jacki Neistat
Head of Lower School
O. (859) 254-1364, Extension 230
Education: B.S. Indiana University
M.S. University of Illinois at Chicago
Graduate Certificate: Johns Hopkins University

Kristin Seymour

Kristin Seymour
Head of Middle School
O. (859) 254-1361, Extension 240
Education: B.A. Princeton
M.A. University of Michigan

Clint Calzini

Clint Calzini
Head of Upper School
O. (859) 254-1361, Extension 250
Education: B.S. University of Vermont
M. Ed. Harvard University
Ph.D. College of William and Mary